A practical visualization strategy for large-scale supernovae CFD simulations

Derek K. Gerstmann, Toby Potter, Michael Houston, Paul Bourke, Kwan-Liu Ma, Andreas Wicenec

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Simulating the expansion of a Type II supernova using an adaptive computational fluid dynamics (CFD) engine yields a complex mixture of turbulent flow with dozens of physical properties. The dataset shown in this sketch was initially simulated on iVEC's EPIC supercomputer (a 9600 core Linux cluster) using FLASH [Fryxell et al. 2000] to model the thermonuclear explosion, and later post-processed using a novel integration technique to derive the radio frequency emission spectra of the expanding shock-wave front [Potter et al. 2011]. Model parameters have been chosen to simulate the asymmetric properties of the SN 1987A remnant [Potter et al. 2009].

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSIGGRAPH Asia 2011 Sketches, SA'11
StatePublished - Dec 1 2011
EventSIGGRAPH Asia 2011 Sketches, SA'11 - Hong Kong, China
Duration: Dec 12 2011Dec 15 2011


OtherSIGGRAPH Asia 2011 Sketches, SA'11
CityHong Kong

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition


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